Preface to American Political Theory / Edition 1

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Designed for students and scholars in all disciplines, including political science, history, and legal studies, this book provides an effective, sophisticated entree into the study of American political theory.

"A grand argument in favor of giving American political thought its due and a tour de force of reasoned argument and analysis that blends history, law, political science, and philosophy."--Kermit L. Hall, author of The Magic Mirror: Law in American History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700605460
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Series: American Political Thought Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 597,275
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

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1 What Is American Political Theory? 1
The Status of the Discipline 1
What Is American Political THEORY? 7
What Is American POLITICAL Theory? 17
What Is AMERICAN Political Theory? 26
2 American Political Texts and Their Analysis 30
What Is a Text? 34
Ideal, Complete, and Timeless Texts 39
Assembled and Incomplete Political Texts 42
Constitutional Texts and Political Behavior 45
3 Toward a Complete Text on the U.S. Bill of Rights 49
Contending Hypotheses on the Origin of American Rights 50
The Colonial Background to the State Bills of Rights 68
Contrasting English and American Concepts of Rights 71
Contending Views of Rights in 1789 72
Drafting the U.S. Bill of Rights 75
Toward a Complete Text on the Origins of American Bills of Rights 79
Attitudes toward Texts on Rights 82
The Bill of Rights since 1792 86
4 The Use of History in American Political Theory 89
An Evolving View of the American Founding 91
The Rediscovery of the Political Class 99
5 Intellectual History and the American Founding 113
Experience Must Be Our Guide 115
The Republican Tradition 117
Lawyers and Liberals 122
The Scottish Enlightenment 124
The Enlightenment 127
Science and Politics 130
Relative Influence 134
6 Prolegomenon 141
Appendix: European Works Read and Cited by the American Founding Generation 159
Notes 165
Index 179
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